Finance Apprentice Cathay Investments Ltd

We're looking for an accounting apprentice. You'll learn about all aspects of bookkeeping for a company from invoice processing to reconciliations. We're a friendly team and have already supported several apprentices through to completion of their qualification, with potential for a full-time job offer at the end.

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Closing date: 31 May 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday to Friday 9am to 5.30pm with an hour unpaid break for lunch. We're fully office based in Croydon.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    03 Jun 2024

  • Date posted

    01 May 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    3 available

What you will do in your working day

  • Book & records control: obtain and record daily business transactions/documents
  • Purchase/Sales ledger-processing & analysis invoices before posting into accounting systems
  • Tracking intercompany transactions
  • Contacting suppliers/clients/third parties for information
  • Processing cashbook entries and maintaining cashbook and bank reconciliations
  • Supporting for month end close and reconciliations
  • Other tasks as required by business need including:

a.      Client profitability calculations

b.      VAT returns

c.      Collating pay information

d.      Provision of cover for other finance team members

The training you will be getting

  • You'll get an AAT level 3 qualification through our training provider
  • You'll work 4 days a week in the office, and 1 day a week in college
  • Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the End-Point Assessment

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • There is the possibility to convert to a full-time position in the finance team

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Problem solving skills, Number skills, Logical


A Level or equivalent Maths (Grade B) Desired

Things to consider

We're fully office based with no remote working.

About the employer

We are the head office for an international group of companies. We manage the central services including all payroll for the UK part of the group. We're a friendly bunch, based full time in the office, with plenty of scope for an apprentice to get involved in a wide range of business matters supported by an experienced team.


Cathay Investments Ltd


43 Friends Road






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Training provider


Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience

Apprenticeship standard

Assistant accountant

Level 3 (A level)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

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